The mission of NOVA
of Virginia Aquatics is
to develop excellence in swimmers of all ages and abilities by challenging them
and motivating them to reach their full potential in swimming and in life. We strive to be a leader in promoting water
safety, fitness, and the life long sport of swimming through superb
programming, facilities, coaching and community engagement. Instilling the values of discipline,
leadership and goal setting have been fundamental to NOVA's success over the
last 25+ years, helping to create great kids as well as great swimmers.
NOVA key accomplishments for the last year:
- 800 swimmers on our competitive swim team
summer league swim teams/425 swimmers in spring clinics
Henrico County High School club swimmers
- 1,200 +
runners in the Short Pump Mile
Top goals for 2015/2016 include:
NOVA was founded in 1987 as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) to address the need for a structured, year-round swimming program to
serve the youth in our community. The founding
coaches and families committed to the vision of providing the facilities, instruction and energy necessary to grow the sport of swimming in Central Virginia. After ten years of renting pool space
locally, NOVA constructed its first facility: a ten-lane, 25-yard pool in the
far west end of Richmond. In 2005, a
second pool was built adjacent to the existing facility. NOVA formed an
alliance in 2013 with VACS, a swim program based in Hopewell, Virginia. This
collaboration allows both programs to benefit from shared resources.
We are governed by a parent-led Board of
Directors and employ an experienced staff of nationally recognized, full-time
coaches. NOVA’s competitive youth swim team, with 800+ swimmers aged 6 to 18
years old, is the #1 club in Virginia Swimming and is ranked consistently by
USA Swimming as a national Top Ten organization. In 1997, NOVA began offering
lessons to meet the community's need for an affordable and progressive
learn-to-swim program. Thousands of
children have participated in this program, including those with special needs.
Over time, program offerings have expanded to include clinics for non
year-round swimmers, adult fitness swimming (NOVAFit), and adult competitive
NOVA continues to expand its outreach as a
strong community partner. We offer financial aid scholarships for competitive
team membership and swim lessons. We have worked with LEAP (Latino Education
Advancement Program) and the Youth Life Foundation. In 2014, we began a partnership with Bon
Secours Virginia Health System movin’maniaTM and Henrico’s Ruby F.
Carver Elementary School to develop a summer program that provides free swim
lessons to underserved children. NOVA founded
the annual Short Pump Mile, the largest youth, timed road race in Richmond. Proceeds support swim lesson scholarships. 5% of the annual Swim-A-ThonTM
proceeds go to the USA Swimming Foundation. which
focuses on water safety. In 2012, NOVA’s Virginia Swim Shop began a partnership
with FeedMore’s Central Virginia Food
Bank. NOVA supports the Goochland
Christmas Mother and local families that require assistance on an ongoing basis.
is a strong community partner and has served its thousands of constituents well
since 1987. The coaches are the
foundation of our program and their passion for the sport, leadership,
integrity, and profound interest in every swimmer is what makes NOVA
special. Every day, lives are changed as
children and youth understand that is possible to improve and grow through hard
work and commitment to a goal. These
lessons transcend swimming and positively impact other parts of life. Swimming
also boosts physical health and develops wellness for a lifetime, improves
fitness for people of all ages and capabilities, and reduces participants’ risk
of drowning. Our motto is
NOVAStrong for these reasons.
Ann McGee has worked at NOVA since 2011 in the capacity of the Development Manager and Assistant Office Manager, giving her an in-depth knowledge of the NOVA organization and business processes. She has been an important member of NOVA’s 2015 Capital Campaign Steering Committee and has lead key community engagement initiatives. Prior to NOVA, Ann worked for 17 years in various FMC Corporation Chemical divisions in the areas of sales, global marketing, business development, and management. Ann was a business consultant in Richmond before joining NOVA. She has a B.S. in Finance and Marketing from Lehigh University and an MBA from Villanova.
has partnered with many community organizations and businesses to support our
goals. These partners include: Bon Secours
movin’maniaTM program, Ruby F. Carver Elementary School, community
sponsors to support the Short Pump Mile and our annual Swim-A-Thon event, Richmond Family Magazine and FeedMore on
the DunkHunger initiative, the Latino Education Advancement Program (LEAP), and
the Youth Life Foundation. New learn-to-swim collaborations began with The Faison School and Church Hill Activities and Tutoring (CHAT) in 2015.
800 swimmers are on
the competitive team. NOVA offers
thirteen separate and progressive training groups, with swimmers who are
compatible in ability, commitment level, and goals. Coaches work with athletes
to set realistic development plans. Long-term goals are emphasized versus
short-term results. The objective is long-term excellence at every level. Swimmers compete in both the short course and
long course seasons and swim at championship meets regionally and nationally. NOVA hosts ten home swim meets per year. $30,000 in financial aid scholarships was
awarded in the past year.
NOVA offers lessons to children starting at the age of
three. The program is based on a proprietary and progressive learn-to-swim
curriculum, conducted by trained instructors. The lessons program has five levels and focuses on core body movements,
adding skills overtime. 5,100 lessons
were administered in the last year. $5,000 was used to fund free lessons for underserved children in our community.
30 summer league teams and 425 youth participated in NOVA’s annual spring clinic sessions. The goal is to improve conditioning and
technique prior to the start of the summer swim season.
NOVA provides daily training
and coaching for the competitive adult swim
team. Our nationally recognized Masters coach leads the program.
The program offers 35-40 hours to adults each week for open
lap swimming. The program is popular with recreational/fitness swimmers as well as older individuals.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
NOVA continues to be in sound financial position as it moves
into the 2015/2016 swim season. NOVA programs generate sufficient cash to
cover operating costs and meet the club's financial obligations. NOVA's
strong position will allow reinvestment in facilities, programs, and staff with
the addition of capital campaign funding. Our wish for greater community
support is based on the objective of expanding our facility and programming to
better meet the needs of the community.
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